West Brom's Paul Scharner: Liverpool's Luis Suarez is ‘one of the best on the planet’ at winning penalties

The Austrian believes the Reds frontman routinely tricks officials into awarding spot-kicks for his side by diving in the box, and thinks Saturday’s decision was a soft one
West Brom midfielder Paul Scharner has become the latest football figure to accuse Liverpool striker Luis Suarez of diving, labeling him “one of the best on the planet” at winning penalties.

“It was a nice dive for the penalty,” the Austrian told reporters.

Suarez won a spot-kick early on in his side’s 2-0 win over the Baggies on Saturday after going down under a challenge from Jerome Thomas.

Scharner, who was close to the incident at the time, believes the Uruguayan made the most of the contact with Thomas and that he routinely cons officials into awarding penalties.

“He’s very good at winning penalties. He’s one of the best on the planet, in fact," said Scharner.
“I had a good view of it. If that’s a penalty, then you will find 1,500 penalties are given in every match.”

Scharner’s comments echo those of teammate Billy Jones, who revealed members of his side had warned each other of the dangers of tackling Suarez in the penalty area before the match.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson also accused the Liverpool striker of diving earlier in the season, prompting Kenny Dalglish to come out in defense of the player.